Who We Are
Who We Are
About SIG 168


Since 2017, the Graduate and Post-Doctoral Education Across the Disciplines SIG #168 has had more than 150 SIG members from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Indonesia, New Zealand, Spain, United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the USA.

SIG Executive Committee



Dr. Krisanna Machtmes, SIG Chair

Dr. Krisanna Machtmes holds a BS degree from University of Wyoming, a MS degree from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in Education from Purdue University. After completing her doctorate at Purdue University, Krisanna worked for three years as a program evaluator for the 4-H Youth Development Department at Purdue University. Krisanna's initial faculty position was at Louisiana State University in 2002. While at LSU, Dr. Machtmes earned promotion to Associate Professor with tenure. She joined Ohio University in the fall of 2013. Dr. Machtmes' research focuses on the methodology used to evaluate technology-based education programs. Current research examines the effects of immersive virtual learning on training adults. Responsibilities at Ohio University include teaching graduate courses in research methods and evaluation, including mixed methods. Dr. Machtmes has been active in myriad campus service and leadership committees at LSU, including the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.







Dr. Deniece Dortch, SIG Program Chair

Dr. Deniece Dortch is an assistant professor of higher education administration at The George Washington University. Dr. Dortch's research and teaching grapples with systemic oppression across multiple axes. She uses critical phenomenological approaches to understanding how African American undergraduate and graduate students experience and respond to race and racism at predominantly white institutions of higher education. Prior to joining the faculty at George Washington University, Dr. Dortch was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Utah where she created the African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative, a comprehensive mentoring program focused on graduate student socialization into the academy. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an Ed.M. in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership & Management from the School for International Training in Vermont and a B.A. in Spanish from Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Dortch is a returned United States Peace Corps Volunteer who served in both Morocco and Jamaica. 

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Dr. Anita Gopal, SIG Co-Program Chair

Dr. Anita Gopal is a higher education policy researcher and consultant. Her research and writing focus on three lines of inquiry: (1) higher education access and success among underrepresented and international students; (2) U.S. higher education immigration policies and workforce pathways; and (3) policy development and implementation from a racial equity perspective, in both access to and outcomes of higher education. She is deeply committed to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education and culturally responsive research and evaluation approaches. Dr. Gopal is the Assistant Editor of the Journal of International Students and has published in a broad range of scholarly journals, including the International Journal of Teaching and Learning; International Higher Education; Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education; and AERA Open. Her work on the experience of international students has been featured in various higher education media outlets, such as University World News and Inside Higher Ed.

Dr. David Feldon

Dr. David Feldon, Awards Co-chair

Dr. Feldon is an associate professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences and director of the new STE2M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Education, Mathematics) Center at USU. His research examines two lines of inquiry that are distinct but mutually supportive. The first characterizes the cognitive components of expertise as they contribute to effective and innovative problem solving as well as how they affect the quality of instruction that experts can provide. The second examines the development of research skills within STEM disciplines as a function of instruction and other educational support mechanisms. He also conducts some research into technology-facilitated instructional approaches and research methods for examining them. Dr. Feldon earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology and his M.S. in instructional technology from the University of Southern California, completed his postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, and held tenure-track positions at the University of South Carolina, Washington State University, and the University of Virginia prior to joining the USU faculty.


Dr. Rosie Perez, Awards Co-chair

Dr. Rosemary J. Perez (she/her/hers) will serve as the SIG168 Awards Co-Chair and is an Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. Her scholarship has three interrelated lines of inquiry and explores: (a) how people make meaning of collegiate experiences; (b) diverse learning environments and intercultural development; and (c) the professional socialization of graduate students and new practitioners. Across her program of research, Dr. Perez’s work explores the tensions between structure and agency, and how power, privilege, and oppression affect individuals and groups within higher education. She has engaged in projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, and ACPA-College Student Educators International and has published in venues such as Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, and the Review of Higher Education.

Dr. Aireale J. Rodgers, Secretary

Dr. Aireale J. Rodgers is a learning scientist of higher education whose research agenda explores how people and organizations learn and how educators can better facilitate learning that advances critical race consciousness for faculty and students in postsecondary institutions. She has studied learning in a variety of postsecondary contexts, including university classrooms and doctoral coursework, a faculty intergroup dialogue program, the implementation of new organizational processes via graduate student socialization, and the transition to Ph.D. candidacy. Dr. Rodgers holds a B.S. in Social Policy and an M.A. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy and a Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. You can learn more about Dr. Rodgers and her work by visiting her website or following her on Twitter

Aizhan Shomotova - Social Media Coordinator/Webmaster

Aizhan Shomotova is a Ph.D. Candidate in Leadership and Policy Studies in Education at College of Education (CEDU), UAE University. Aizhan has completed her 2-year master’s degree in Corporate Management at Tongji University, Shanghai, China, and her bachelor’s at KIMEP University, Kazakhstan, both with the highest distinctions. She has international experience in higher education for more than ten years. Moreover, she extensively engages in collaborative research and publication. Apart from her doctoral studies, Aizhan is also a Senior Graduate Research Assistant, an Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Research in Education (IJRE) at CEDU, and a Well-being officer at Emirates Center for Happiness Research, UAEU. She has presented her work, chaired and organized different international conferences, symposiums, and graduate seminars. Her research interests focus on higher education leadership and management, research productivity, youth employability, student engagement, online/hybrid learning, graduate students, family and parenting, well-being and happiness, digitalization, the Middle East, and Post-Soviet countries.

Suzan Yesil-Graduate Student Representative

Texas Tech University Educational Psychology Ph.D. candidate Suzan Yesil.My research study is to examine the role of parents of university students and parental involvement in the mental health well-being and trauma recovery of those students in particular, how that involvement has helped or is helping trauma recovery among traditional university students who present with trauma and traumatic stress symptoms related to the COVID-19 pandemic. My area of research is very timely due to the negative effects on the education sector which have been caused by Covid-19. My master’s degree program is also in the field of education, and I specialized in educational psychology, leadership, and human development and family studies at Texas Tech university. I am currently a TTU Research Assistant in the Educational Psychology Principle fellow program. I have presented my work, chaired, and organized different international conferences, symposiums, and graduate seminars. 2022 SERA conference Dean's Award. EGSO Mentoring  Program, AERA Proposal Reviewer,  SERA Proposal Reviewer.


Outstanding Publication Committee for 2023 Annual Meeting

Outstanding Dissertation Committee for 2023 Annual Meeting 

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